Why have a home or birth center birth?

A calm, familiar environment is the most natural setting for a birth.
There are no strangers, no “shift changes”, no arbitrary time limits,
no routine technological procedures, and no medical interferences.

Being more relaxed contributes to shorter, easier labors, increased maternal confidence, and improved outcomes for both mother and child.

Home birth (your home or someone else’s) provides far more control and many more choices for a birthing woman, choices which are designed for the woman’s well-being and comfort, not for the convenience of a doctor or obstetrical staff.

It has been well-documented that home birth is a safe choice for healthy, low-risk women. There is significantly less risk of infection and hemorrhage. Assisting the mother to birth without injury or trauma is a priority; routine episiotomy is never performed, thus eliminating a great deal of post-delivery discomfort.

Costs are significantly lower (some insurance companies cover midwifery costs). Some offer a sliding fee scale for those paying by cash, credit card or PayPal. Some even accept barters like jewelry, car, or your labor and expertise.

Mothers and babies are not separated at home births.

Birth at home is an intimate, peaceful and joyous affirmation of family.

Ultimately, only you can decide if home birth is right for your family and circumstances. Ask questions. Talk to people you know. Rely on first-person accounts, not stories of a friend of a friend or a cousin’s in-law. Remember, when you want to find out how good a mechanic is, or who you should hire to paint your house, you don’t ask a mechanic or a house painter to recommend another mechanic or house painter. That’s their competition. You ask their customers.

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